St. Nicholas Project Assists Nearly 3,000 New Yorkers in Need

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ArchbishopAtKmartOn Saturday, December 10, 2011, the Kmart at Astor Place was filled with more than 400 red-shirted volunteers, shopping for their neighbors in greatest need. Members of corporate groups, college alumni associations, local parishes and other volunteer-based organizations throughout the Archdiocese of New York joined the Catholic Charities Junior Board and Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan in shopping for nearly 3,000 individuals.

"For us at Catholic Charities, the poor are not a statistic, they're not a number, they're not a case. They're people. They're people whom we love. They're people made in the image and likeness of God. And this is just a real practical, beautiful, loving, tender way to show that as Christmas approaches," said Archbishop Dolan at the event.

"Germaine is a single mother raising four children -- three teenagers and her twenty-three year old who is developmentally delayed. Germaine is a home attendant, working four hours a day for minimum wage. She has been seeking a more stable, full-time job and has been unsuccessful. Her family would benefit from winter coats, pajamas, and household goods. Germaine and her children are honored to be a part of the St. Nicholas Project and appreciative of any items her family receives for Christmas."

- A story of one family Catholic Charities is helping through The St. Nicholas Project this year
Shopping was funded by donations to the St. Nicholas Project -- an initiative that supports families in need throughout the year with critical social services, such as employment readiness training, placement and support, case management to help resolve financial, emotional and family issues, and eviction prevention services, among others. During the month of December, these same families receive the warmth and spirit of Christmas through the generosity and efforts of our Shopping Day participants.

For the first time ever, Catholic Charities also sponsored a Shopping Day this year at Kmart in White Plains, New York, spearheaded by Catholic Charities Board member Susan Salice. Read more about St. Nicholas of Westchester (SNOW) here.

You can still help Catholic Charities bring warmth and critical services to families in need with a donation of any size.